[Sca-cooks] OT: Mystery Object

Terry Decker t.d.decker at att.net
Wed Jul 15 17:00:57 PDT 2009

I enjoyed the hurley idea, so I decided to see if I could expand that 
interpretation.  The image is French so the game needs to be French.  Jeu de 
palme is the forerunner of tennis and was played with palm, glove or bat in 
a courtyard.  Some authorities give it a start as early as the 10th Century 
and it was at time prohibit by the Church and the Crown as a frivolous waste 
of time.  What this carving may represent is the idea that one should shun 
frivolous pursuits that keep one from one's labors (paying tithes and taxes 
being of greater interest to the powers that be).


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I think that the person who wrote the commentary may have thought that the 
person on the left had punished the person on the right with a paddle, 
because it kinda/sorta looks like the person on the right is crying and 
using the cloak to wipe tears.  But that person might be wrong.  I like the 
hurley idea, although it doesn't explain the person on the right.


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